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Liverpool open the season by brushing West Ham aside

Jurgen Klopp LIVERPOOL FC TWITTER CONFIRMED More stars are set to leave Liverpool
Charles Bowen | 12 August, 2018, 22:07

They are used to the style of play, sometimes it needs a bit of time, I have no problem with that. "They know that, we know that and we have to be ready week in week out for the different challenges".

"We can not be anything different from the challenger because we didn't win anything since I am in anyway, [and] it's long time ago".

A very good start, for sure. For us it was not ideal, but really good. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for the hosts and Sadio Mane put the game beyond doubt with strikes either side of half-time, before Daniel Sturridge netted with his first touch off the bench late on. Always you see things in pre-season [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test. That's what we expect from ourselves and then we will see where it leads to.

He's not wrong. Liverpool aren't the favourites and City are but it's clearly a little mind game trick to place even more expectation on his rivals and to help ensure his side can go into the season without the weight of expectation making things even more hard.

The Reds had a busy schedule over pre-season, with friendly matches against Chester, Tranmere, Bury, Blackburn, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli and Torino all contested.

"They think quickly [and] they have a very good understanding between themselves so my role is to support that, help in every way I can and hopefully provide them with some good service".

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"You can not wish for better. That's the expectations. Ours is the highest but we know that".

Klopp's strength in depth has been greatly elevated, even without having a full roster to select from yet.

He wanted his players to see themselves through his eyes, to amplify his voice rather than the social media criticism, and to shatter any shackles or ceilings they had placed on themselves. Adam Lallana didn't come on and is getting better and better and better. "But my goodness he's got an assist, he's got a goal, set players".

Carragher, though, has warned that Jurgen Klopp has to get things right in 2018-19 as there is no money pit at Anfield and the picture could change considerably in the space of 12 months.

Replicating the 44-goal haul which heralded Salah's debut season at Anfield has not fazed the Egyptian despite an early Champions League final exit and similarly fruitless travails with his national side as they mutedly exited the World Cup group stages.

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